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National in scope, the PEN-Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Awards represent a new perception of multicultural literature that does not seek its validation from the literary establishment, but creates its own standards and models of literature. PEN Oakland, a Bay Area chapter of the International Organization of Poets, Essayists and Novelists was founded in 1989 to address multicultural issues and educate the public as to the nature of multicultural work. [Its] award winning authors address the diversity and uniqueness of American culture, and represent the new voices of American literature.
(Villa's) poetry surprised me; the language was stunning, singular; not like any other poetry I had ever read, although it reminded me of Lorca, Dickinson, and even Gertrude Stein. It is an often disturbing poetry that seems torn between a 16th century lyrical mysticism, and an almost violent modernism...
The Anchored Angel is a moving tribute to an artist whose work deserves much more attention. Perhaps even more important, this edition begins to fill in the gaps of knowledge about this author, the impact of his work and critical thought...and its literary significance to modernist writing in the United States, as well as the Philippines.